Run to pro­tect our chil­dren

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

FOUR lo­cal mums will take part in the Brave­hearts 777 chal­lenge this month, run­ning 42km for child pro­tec­tion.

The 777 chal­lenge will see hun­dreds of Aus­tralians run seven marathons across seven states in seven days, be­gin­ning in Perth on June 29.

Natalie Land­mann, Maggie Giles, Jayne Berkin and An­drea Turpin met in a moth­ers group four years ago, and were in­spired to ad­vo­cate for im­proved Aus­tralian child pro­tec­tion af­ter meet­ing their per­sonal trainer Gill.

The per­sonal trainer’s 17-year-old daugh­ter com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter years of sex­ual as­saults by her fa­ther, spark­ing her to ad­vo­cate for Brave­hearts Child Pro­tec­tion.

Ms Land­mann said the 777 was a good plat­form to in­crease aware­ness of a need for im­proved child pro­tec­tion.

“One of my school friends was as­saulted as a child and af­ter go­ing through her dis­clo­sure in our early 20s, we found there were quite a few of our school mates who also came for­ward to break their si­lence,” she said.

“Af­ter meet­ing Gill and think­ing about it hap­pen­ing to your own chil­dren, it re­ally hits home hard and we saw the marathon as some­thing we could do im­me­di­ately to raise aware­ness.”

Brave­hearts Founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Hetty John­ston said the event brought peo­ple to­gether who are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

The four moth­ers are al­ready well over their $2000 goal. To do­nate, visit bit.ly/1IuQTvW.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d438459

Maggie Giles and Natalie Land­mann get in train­ing.

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